The Holy Grail of Amateur Motocross Racing

| by fullthrottle

The Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, formerly known as Loretta Lynn's Amateur Championship, holds a special place in the world of motocross racing. Held annually at Loretta Lynn's family ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, this prestigious event is renowned as the world's largest amateur motocross race. Not only does it offer riders a chance to showcase their skills, but it also serves as the final stepping stone before they embark on their professional careers.

The roots of Loretta Lynn's Amateur Championship trace back to the early 1980s when race promoter Dave Coombs proposed the idea of a national amateur race held away from the participants' home grounds. Loretta and her husband, Mooney, immediately embraced the concept and in 1982, the first race was held on their 6,000-acre horse ranch. Today, it has evolved into the premier event of the amateur motocross world, attracting participants from all corners of the country.

To secure a spot in the championship, contestants must qualify through a series of events organized specifically for each of the 37 racing classes. Only the top 42 riders in each class receive an invitation to compete at Loretta Lynn's. The intense competition and unique format, consisting of three 20-minute motos (plus two laps), create an atmosphere akin to a Nationals Outdoor event rather than an amateur race.

Over the years, Loretta Lynn's has produced a remarkable roster of champions, many of whom went on to become household names in American motocross. Riders like Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart Jr., Mike Alessi, Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Dungey, Eli Tomac, Jason Anderson, Cooper Webb, and Adam Cianciarulo are just a few examples of past winners who achieved great success in their professional careers.

For young motocross riders, Loretta Lynn's represents the pinnacle of their amateur journey. It is a challenging and fair playing field, where riders must earn their spot through hard work and dedication. Unlike year-round tracks or motocross schools, Loretta Lynn's is a temporary and exclusive venue that adds to its allure and sense of accomplishment.

Loretta Lynn's continues to be a beloved event for motocross enthusiasts and families alike. The race is held every year during the first week of August, followed by the remaining rounds of the AMA Outdoor Motocross season. It is not only a thrilling motocross competition but also a gathering of the motocross community, where industry insiders and fans come together to witness the next generation of motocross talent.

Loretta Lynn's Amateur Championship stands as a hallowed ground for amateur motocross riders, offering a fair and challenging platform to showcase their skills before making the leap to the professional ranks. The event's rich history, iconic winners, and unique atmosphere make it a truly unforgettable experience for all who participate. As the motocross community gathers each year at Loretta Lynn's family ranch, the legacy of this remarkable championship continues to inspire the next generation of motocross superstars.

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Stay: Virgin Hotels Nashville

 

July 31, 2023 - August 5, 2023

Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship Race Schedule

 

Tuesday | August 1st

1 Vet (30+) 7:30 am
2 450 B 8:00 am
3 125 C 8:30 am
4 85cc (10-12) 9:00 am
5 65cc (7-9) Limited 9:30 am
6 Senior (40+) 10:00 am
7 Mini Sr. 2 (13-15) 10:30 am
8 450 C 11:00 am
* Open Pro Sport 11:30 am
9 250 B Limited 12:00 pm
10 65cc (10-11) Limited 12:30 pm
Intermission 1:00 pm
11 Mini Sr. 1 (12-14) 1:30 pm
12 Masters (50+) 2:00 pm
13 125 Jr. (12-17) B/C 2:30 pm
* 250 B 3:00 pm
14 Junior (25+) 3:30 pm
15 250 C 4:00 pm
16 WMX 4:30 pm
17 College (18-24) 5:00 pm
A Micro 1 (4-6) Shaft Drive Ltd 5:30 pm
B Micro-E (4-7) Limited
C Micro 2 (4-6) Limited
D Micro 3 (7-8) Limited

 

Wednesday | August 2nd

18 Supermini 1 (12-15) 7:30 am
19 65cc (7-9) 8:00 am
20 250 C Jr. (12-17) Limited 8:30 am
21 450 B Limited 9:00 am
22 85cc (10-12) Limited 9:30 am
23 Schoolboy 1 (12-17) B/C 10:00 am
24 Senior (45+) 10:30 am
25 250 C Limited 11:00 am
* 250 Pro Sport 11:30 am
26 Schoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C 12:00 pm
27 Girls (11-16) 12:30 pm
28 65cc (10-11) 1:00 pm
Intermission 1:30 pm
29 Supermini 2 (13-16) 2:00 pm
1 Vet (30+) 2:30 pm
2 450 B 3:00 pm
3 125 C 3:30 pm
4 85cc (10-12) 4:00 pm
5 65cc (7-9) Limited 4:30 pm
6 Senior (40+) 5:00 pm
* Open Pro Sport 5:30 pm
7 Mini Sr. 2 (13-15) 6:00 pm
8 450 C 6:30 pm

 

Thursday | August 3rd 

9 250 B Limited 7:30 am
10 65cc (10-11) Limited 8:00 am
11 Mini Sr. 1 (12-14) 8:30 am
12 Masters (50+) 9:00 am
13 125 Jr. (12-17) B/C 9:30 am
* 250 B 10:00 am
14 Junior (25+) 10:30 am
15 250 C 11:00 am
16 WMX 11:30 am
17 College (18-24) 12:00 pm
18 Supermini 1 (12-15) 12:30 pm
19 65cc (7-9) 1:00 pm
Intermission 1:30 pm
20 250 C Jr. (12-17) Limited 2:00 pm
21 450 B Limited 2:30 pm
22 85cc (10-12) Limited 3:00 pm
* 250 Pro Sport 3:30 pm
23 Schoolboy 1 (12-17) B/C 4:00 pm
24 Senior (45+) 4:30 pm
25 250 C Limited 5:00 pm
D Micro 3 (7-8) Limited 5:30 pm
A Micro 1 (4-6) Shaft Drive Ltd
B Micro-E (4-7) Limited
C Micro 2 (4-6) Limited

 

Friday | August 4th

26 Schoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C 7:30 am
27 Girls (11-16) 8:00 am
28 65cc (10-11) 8:30 am
29 Supermini 2 (13-16) 9:00 am
1 Vet (30+) 9:30 am
2 450 B 10:00 am
3 125 C 10:30 am
4 85cc (10-12) 11:00 am
5 65cc (7-9) Limited 11:30 am
6 Senior (40+) 12:00 pm
7 Mini Sr. 2 (13-15) 12:30 pm
Intermission 1:00 pm
8 450 C 1:30 pm
9 250 B Limited 2:00 pm
10 65cc (10-11) Limited 2:30 pm
* 250 Pro Sport 3:00 pm
11 Mini Sr. 1 (12-14) 3:30 pm
12 Masters (50+) 4:00 pm
* 250 B 4:30 pm
13 125 Jr. (12-17) B/C 5:00 pm
C Micro 2 (4-6) Limited 5:30 pm
D Micro 3 (7-8) Limited
A Micro 1 (4-6) Shaft Drive Ltd
B Micro-E (4-7) Limited

 

Saturday | August 5th

14 Junior (25+) 7:30 am
15 250 C 8:00 am
16 WMX 8:30 am
17 College (18-24) 9:00 am
18 Supermini 1 (12-15) 9:30 am
19 65cc (7-9) 10:00 am
20 250 C Jr. (12-17) Limited 10:30 am
21 450 B Limited 11:00 am
22 85cc (10-12) Limited 11:30 am
23 Schoolboy 1 (12-17) B/C 12:00 pm
* Open Pro Sport 12:30 pm
Intermission 1:00 pm
24 Senior (45+) 1:30 pm
25 250 C Limited 2:00 pm
26 Schoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C 2:30 pm
27 Girls (11-16) 3:00 pm
28 65cc (10-11) 3:30 pm
29 Supermini 2 (13-16) 4:00 pm


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